Are we missing teachable moments with the health care debate?

Don’t you wish that this debate could rise over partisan noise. Wouldn’t it be great if some mature individual could take up this discussion and transform into teachable moments.

  • Is health care a right?
  • What kind of society do we want? Do we want health care coverage for each and every American?
  • What about mature discussions about end of life care and decisions?
  • How about approaches to prevention? Prevention costs money.
  • Does the current system reward quantity over quality?
  • Can the free market provide solutions that will meet societal needs?
  • Does a government program (Medicare) make it socialist?

Finding the uniquely-American solution(s) should include thoughtful discussion and debate versus insane claims and shouting. We’ve reduced debates to partisan back and forth talking points with over-charged language.

Anyone? Anyone?

Bueller?

Update 16 AUG 2009
From the NYT Week in Review Sarah Lyall, Health Care in Britain:Expat Goes for a Checkup.
A very teachable moment. Investor’s Business Daily published an editorial claiming that administration health care proposals that mimic the British National Health Service, physicist Stephen Hawking wouldn’t stand a chance in the UK because his life would be judged “worthless.” Hawking suffers from Lou Gehrig’s disease. Apparently, the Investor’s Business Daily didn’t know that Hawking is a British citizen. Hawking subsequently released a statement supporting the NHS.

Teachable moment – the facts (in this case real) and what kind of society do we want? Will costs enter into care decisions?

Update 24 AUG 2009
Jon Stewart and Betsy McCaughey “discuss” the Health Reform Bill. I’ve read the cited sections of the bill and come to different conclusions that Ms McCaughey.
PART 1

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Exclusive – Betsy McCaughey Extended Interview Pt. 1
www.thedailyshow.com
http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:cms:item:comedycentral.com:246743
Daily Show
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Political Humor Healthcare Protests

PART 2
At 1:02 in retort to Steward’s comment on American life expectancy, she actually says, “when you remove violent crime and car accidents, we’re number one (in life expectancy).”

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Exclusive – Betsy McCaughey Extended Interview Pt. 2
www.thedailyshow.com
http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:cms:item:comedycentral.com:246745
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political Humor Healthcare Protests

Update 26 AUG
Betsy McCaughey resigned from the board of directors of a medical products company, to “avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest.”

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